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High-End 2022: NAD C 389 is a new integrated hybrid amplifier

NAD makes a sneak preview at the Munich show with a "hybrid digital" amplifier that looks like a good mid-range buy.

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Published 2022-05-17 - 10:01 pm

Although the official opening of High End 2022 in Munich will not take place until Thursday, news is rolling in about products that will be announced at the show.

From NAD we have information about a new integrated amplifier with the model name C 389. It looks like a little brother to the NAD C 399, which was announced in the fall. But the output power is slightly lower (2 x 130 W) and instead of Hypex nCore modules NAD’s own technology is used, called HybridDigital UcD.

As standard, the amp comes with a choice of digital and analogue inputs, as well as wireless music streaming via Bluetooth/aptX. There’s also an HDMI input with eARC and a turntable input for MM pickup.

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Like many NAD amplifiers, the C 389 can be expanded with MDC2 plug-in modules. For example, to get music streaming and multiroom via the BluOS module.

NAD C 389 Rear PREMLIMINARY
Features include HDMI input with eARC and a turntable input for MM pickups (Photo: NAD)

Price and availability
The price will be €1,499. The delivery date, according to NAD, is “summer 2022”, but during a worldwide component crisis we won’t expect anything until we can personally see the smoke from the container ship on the horizon.

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